The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor’s Office (OPT) has formally acknowledged receipt of a complaint, on 25 April 2022, that Israel committed war crimes by systematically targeting journalists working in Palestine and that it is failing to properly investigate the killing of media workers. According to Doughty Street Chambers’ (dsc), who are part of the legal team behind the legal submissions, the complaint includes information about “the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists” and names four victims – Ahmed Abu Hussein, Yaser Murtaja, Muath Amarneh and Nedal Eshtayeh – who were either killed or maimed by Israeli snipers, despite the fact they were all wearing clearly marked PRESS vests at the time they were shot.
The complaint also includes information about the bombing of the Al-Shorouk and Al-Jawhara media Towers in Gaza City in May 2021, when two journalists were killed and 100 others were injured. The report further details “the discrimination, violations of freedom of movement and restrictions on press accreditation suffered by Palestinian journalists.”
According to Doughty Street Chambers’ (dsc), “at least 46 journalists have been killed since 2000 and no one has been held to account”
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